Beach France Travel

The Magic of Le Club 55

June 6, 2018

Welcome back to my favorite place on earth!    We spoke a lot about Le Club 55 last year during our trip to France but I am hoping to offer some fresh perspective on why this is such a special place.  My uncle Nigel says that one lunch here is a like a week’s vacation — the perfect relaxed atmosphere with loved ones.    I have been coming here since I was very little, my grandparents were friends with the owners and it has always been a place for our family to gather summer after summer.   We spent my grandmother’s last Christmas in France and had her last New Years Eve celebration lunch at this restaurant.   Needless to say, it brings back so many happy memories and always astounds me that year after year, it feels the same: inviting and relaxed.   Of course it comes as no surprise to me that this place seems to keep such a loyal staff (unlike so many similar places in the U.S. with a seasonal turnaround) but it is quite something to see the same faces as when I was a little girl — the photographer, the barmen, etc.  don’t seem to have aged a day and I can still hop up at the beach bar stool and ask for an Orangina or an ice cream.

Above:  the restaurant before the lunch bustle — there are two seatings around 1:30 and 3:00 and lunch goes on for hours.     The entryway path which is lined for privacy and always welcomes you with dappled light and a beautiful breeze. 

It’s also always lovely to invite new friends into the fold and to watch them fall in love, from the breezy path to the beach to a lazy post-lunch snooze in the sun,  everyone we have brought has understood the magic of this place.   Of course the shop is not to be missed; if I could sum up everything I love aesthetically, it would represented by this shop which is so well selected.   Layered textiles, hand-dyed linens, endless fluffy pillows, breezy dresses and the sweetest toys for the littles are just a few of the treasures you will find here.   Beach bags and kaftans are always a hit.  The elegant and laid back vibe of the shop is that which I would love to infuse throughout our lives from the way we dress, decorate and entertain to the way we decide to live, surrounded by beauty and great company in a breathtaking setting.

We have visited other beach clubs on the same beach and nothing compares to 55.

The thatched roof shop and beach bar sit next to one another.   Above you can see the view of the sparkling blue sea from the outside of the store, lined with sarongs and bags, pillows and rugs. 

We end up eating at the beach bar a lot — it’s a casual, relaxed way to approach a visit to 55 without sitting down for a long lunch.   If you’re only going once though, definitely do not miss the restaurant.   At the beach bar, I love the cheese sandwich on baguette — brings me right back to childhood summers and is truly delicious.

Below:  the dock where guests from the boats and the background are dropped — often a celebrity siting here!   And a clearer picture of the sea which is crystal and chilly and so refreshing. 

Rosé flows before and after lunch, “the pink shit” as my friend called it yesterday — made me laugh! 

Here we are heading off to lunch, happy to be here!

This tablecloth and plate combination will always be my favorite because it reminds me of this special place.  Below, a post-lunch group from our first outing and the not to be missed Tarte Tropézienne!

Our little monkey has fallen in love with the beach this summer and spends his time shoveling sand and sticking his toes in the sea.   Here we are before heading home after a leisurely nap under the shade of an umbrella. XXX

 

10 Comments

  • Reply stephanie June 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Awww the Tarte tropezienne is such a treat ! And the true recipe can only be eaten in selected pastry shops on this coast, because it is a family secret…

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo June 27, 2018 at 4:00 am

      Ah I have been trying to figure that out to see if I could attempt at home!!!!

  • Reply Laura Deems June 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Where is your outfit from? I LOVE.

  • Reply Lisa June 23, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Just saved this place to my favourites on gmaps, it looks so so lovely! can’t wait to go there one day 🙂

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo June 27, 2018 at 3:57 am

      It is the best and so worth the journey! xx

  • Reply Nicole June 25, 2018 at 8:23 am

    TWO random questions! When they serve the crudite, do they provide knives? I want to replicate this at home until I can actually go in real life 😉 Also, what celebs have you spied here before?

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo June 27, 2018 at 3:57 am

      I love these questions!! Yes knives — sort of like little steak knives which make it easy to chop into the vegetables + a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of vinegar and salt and pepper on the table. Sometimes hard boiled eggs come with and a sauce, too … here is the recipe: http://www.cafeducap.com/2014/06/crudites-with-anchovy-dipping-sauce-ala-club-55/

      Lots re celebs, it’s a haven for models/actors mostly but this time we saw Tanara Burke which was v cool! Jack Nicholson was the big one growing up, and Shaq! It’s very mellow and so you have to really stare at the crowd which I try not to do but we saw Antonio Banderas this year which was also fun xxx

  • Reply Meg H August 16, 2018 at 3:52 am

    This place looks magical indeed! Do you know how long they stay open? I have a trip to the area planned the first week of October and I would love to surprise my husband with a lunch here! Also, would you recommend booking a reservation or is it casual enough to just show up?

    • Reply Lucy Cuneo August 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Hi! I think it should still be open in October and that you should be able to walk in that time of year 🙂 You can definitely make a reservation just in case though . I am so glad you are considering going, enjoy!!!! XXX

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